Madeira Film Festival

The Festival

The Madeira Film Festival is non competitive, as opposed to filmmakers vying for the ‘best’ film, each attending delegate will become the Ambassador of the Laurissilva Forest ( an endemic species of trees found on Madeira. We attempt to screen impinging films to both a local audience and island visitors, should the exhibiting filmmaker be present the audience may have the opportunity to journey further into the film via a Q and A session.

The festival has now completed it’s 5th edition with many previous guests returning. We are a small, intimate festival but relationships both personal and industrial are forged easily by virtue of the location.

MFF also presents  various events which compliment the week including fashion shows, musical concert, plays, gala dinner and  excursions to the Laurissilva Forest.

The Venue

The Madeira Film Festival is staged between Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel and the Municipal Theatre. All films are screened in the theatre while most of the workshops, fashion show, gala dinner and cocktail drinks are held at Reid’s.

The Municipal Theatre  ( Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias ) is indeed a  most aesthetically pleasing venue, we consider ourselves very lucky to present the films here in the centre of Funchal, the theatre holds up to 300 persons.

Reid’s Palace Hotel is synonymous  with grandeur, Sir Winston Churchill & afternoon tea amongst other delights, previous noteworthy guests include Sir George Bernard Shaw, Roger Moore and the  Swedish Royal Family.  Perched on a cliff offering splendid views over Funchal, Reid’s is indeed considered to be one of Europe’s finest hotel establishments.

The Submission

Submissions for 2017 edition of the Madeira Film Festival are now open. We accept completed works only submitted via the following online platforms:


Click For Festivals.


The submission fee ranges from 30 Euros to 50 Euros. We are an independent festival screening  independent films, thusly we are not in a position to offer  waivers whatsoever. Exhibiting short filmmakers will receive 3 nights complimentary hotel accommodation while feature filmmakers will receive 4 nights hotel accommodation.


Producers of virtual reality and interactive content only  should submit their work directly to :

Please note these works will not be screened as  official selection of the Madeira Film Festival in the municipal theatre but  via an interactive computer medium presented in the ‘Sala Nobre’ in the theatre.

For complete information pertaining to the Digital Stories Track please visit the following link  DST


Submissions to  the Interactive Digital Stories Track : Please send an online link of your work, brief synopsis together with cast and crew details to :



Aitken Pearson
Founding Director
Likes : Neil Young & Crazy Horse and drinking coffee in Lviv.
Elsa Gouveia
Festival Manager.
Likes : To be surrounded with possibility thinkers and to walk alone by seashore.
Isabel Dantas
Festival Producer
Likes : Engaging with people and talking on the telephone.
Daniel Wallner
Technical Director
Likes: Automobiles, sushi, apps and gadgets.